Katie is the owner of A Girl Named Katie, a darling little online shop with indie-inspired handmade bags and accessories. She also blogs at Love is Why I Wake about everyday life and projects of all sorts. She is here today to show us one of her recent refashions — a vintage nightgown turned dress! You know how I love a good refashion, and this is definitely one! Check it out…
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A few things you will need:
Matching lining fabric, I used about a yard of pink cotton lawn
Matching thread and other basic sewing essentials
First things first, I got down to business by removing the ruffle hem which screamed NIGHTIE! I flattened out the “dress” on the floor and cut straight across the bottom and got rid of the beast! After wearing it as a scarf for a short while, of course. That is a step you can chose to skip…just the scarf wearing part, unless you found a nightie that has an acceptable hem.
I then pinned my raw edge and double roll hemmed it at a 1/2 inch.
Once it was hemmed I laid out the dress over my lining fabric and pinned it in place to use as a pattern for the lining pieces. I folded down the bodice part because I did not want to line the lace bodice. I cut around the dress allowing a 1/2 inch allowance. I hemmed the dress prior to cutting out the lining so when I hem the lining it will be slightly shorter than the dress and not be seen.
After the lining was cut out I sewed the side seams a 5/8 inch and then hemmed the lining at 1/2 inch, just like I did before.
I then pinned the lining into the dress where the bodice pieces met the skirt starting at the arms allowing an inch of fabric to be folded under. I pinned the rest of the lining in straight across the bodice. I then went back and trimmed the excess fabric off around the lace and back bodice pieces still allowing an inch to be turned under.
I folded under the allowance and hand stitched the lining into the dress using a whip stitch along the serger edge of the existent seam to hide my stitches.